Well I've been lurking and searching this forum for a couple weeks already and I have enough stuff to start my own journal. Since there's no newbie or introduction forum I'll go straight to business! I have about 12 years of combined fresh/saltwater experience so I'm a noob in the planted world but I have some experience. This tank will be about 80% DIY due to a small budget. Lucky for my wife I'm quite handy with tools lol
I'll start with the basics
Bought an AGA 10 gal and de-rimmed it and trimmed the silicone edges
$20 microwave cart in black
Spent the next 3 days making my own canopy out of stainless sheetmetal. Its been riveted together and painted with some black Krylon Hammered paint. I suspended it over the tank with some 1/2" EMT
Got some black plastic hole plugs from Lowe's that according to my wife almost
makes my canopy setup look store bought
Oh and a closeup of the hammered finish on the canopy
A few more details of the canopy. I used some rope thimbles and wrapped and crimped some wire around it. Now all I have to do to take it off is slide it right off!
Bought a $9 bathroom light fixture and some 6500K screw in CFs and let there be light!
My eco-complete also came in today
All my glassware is in transit. 10mm lily pipes, glass diffuser and drop checker should be here by the end of this week.
Here's the highlight of my day today. I went down to the local Petsmart looking for a small, decent, and inexpensive canister filter for this thing that will fit over my lilies and I stumble across the zoo med 501. $60! ouch! Did some quick searching on this forum on it right there at the store (love my iPhone) and found out that reptilesupply.com has it for $28. A little talk with the manager and I walked out of there with the filter for my tank for less than $30 and no waiting on shipping!
And that's about where I'm at right now. I went rock hunting this morning and found some decent pieces of either slate or flint that I'll be using on my tank. I'm still looking for the centerpiece because the ones I found are rather small. I'm looking for the perfect one